Masterclass // Sound Synthesis

Away with presets!

In this masterclass, you will learn to create all sounds for your new track from scratch using various synthesis methods. At the end of this 4-day masterclass, you are able to synthesize your own beats, basslines and other electronic sounds.

The masterclass consists of 4 classes, every class takes 3 hours. In the first part of every class, we will take a look at the theory behind synthesis, the second part is about applying the theory to building your own sounds with help from the instructor.

You don´t need previous experience with synthesizing your sounds, but you will need to have basic experience with a daw such as Ableton Live, Cubase or Logic Pro. Due to the practical part of this masterclass, you will need to bring your own laptop and headphones to class. The course will be held in English, but your instructor speaks German as well.

I – Introduction to Subtractive Synthesis – TUESDAY 15th MAY, 18:00 – 21:00

The easiest way to get into synthesis. In this class, you will learn
about the basics of synthesis: oscillators, filters, envelopes, lfo´s. You will make your first sounds and learn about dynamic synthesis programming.

II – Drum synthesis – FRIDAY 18th MAY, 18:00 – 21:00

It´s time to get to the rhythmic part of synthesis. In this class, we focus on getting drum sounds right. How to make a specific snare, what is important for a good kick drum and how can we add effects and more modulation to create interesting drum sounds.

III – Going crazy with synthesis – TUESDAY 22nd MAY, 18:00 – 21:00

In this class, we will talk about other ways to synthesize sounds. With FM synthesis, granular synthesis and ring modulation you are able to create a new array of sounds. You will learn how to make dynamic pad sounds, metallic percussive sounds and how you can integrate sampling into synthesis.

IV – Going modular – FRIDAY 25th MAY, 18:00 – 21:00

In the final class, we are taking a sneak peek at modular synthesis.
The sky is your limit when you can design a setup that exactly suits your needs. All elements of the previous three classes will be combined and at the end of the masterclass, you will be able to make a complete song without using any presets.

Early-bird Full Masterclass (until 5th May): 120€
Full Masterclass (from 5th May): 150€
Ticket Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/masterclass-sound-synthesis-tickets-45552908977

About the Facilitator:
Your instructor is Richard Veenstra (aka xndr). As a composer, sound designer and producer, Richard has worked with various artists, compiled sample libraries and created sound effects for games. He is a tech writer for magazines about music and technology and has been teaching electronic music concepts, composition and synthesis at conservatories and music academies.